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Brilliant bunting

Use your creative skills to make this brilliant bunting and use it to decorate your meeting place.

You will need

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • plain fabric or old clothing
  • scissors suitable for cutting fabric
  • long pieces of rope or string
  • fabric pens (optional)
  • fabric glue (optional)
  • sewing needles and thread (optional)

Before you begin

  • A few weeks before running this activity, source some plain fabric or old clothing that can be cut up and used. You might want to only pick red, white and blue fabrics to represent the Union Flag, or you could choose a mixture of colours. You could also ask everyone to bring in an item they are happy to cut up and make into bunting.
  • When running the activity set up enough tables and chairs for everyone to sit at, and place the fabric and other equipment on the tables.
  • If needed, pre-cut the fabric into triangles before the activity. You could use a cardboard template to cut around if you want the bunting to all be the same size.

Bunting mania

  1. Everyone should chat about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Talk about why we are making bunting and where it could be put up.
  1. Everyone should take a piece of fabric and cut it into a large triangle shape. Consider using cardboard templates or providing measurements for everyone to follow to make the bunting the same size.
  2. Everyone should decorate their triangle, laying it out with the widest part of the triangle at the top. You could draw designs on with fabric pens, cut up and glue on spare fabric, sew on additional décor, or leave the triangle plain. Everyone should leave a two-centimetre gap at the top undecorated, so it can hang up.
  1. When someone finishes their triangle, they should attach it to a long piece of rope or string, leaving a gap between the triangles.
  1. Depending on how much bunting you would like, give everyone the opportunity to decorate multiple triangles and put them on the rope.
  2. When everyone is finished you could hang up the bunting and decorate your meeting place, or save it for your Jubilee celebration later.

Reflection

This activity was about trying new things and developing skills. Everyone did a great job of being creative and helping to prepare for the jubilee celebrations. What celebrations can you remember where there was bunting? How do you think the bunting helped people during those celebrations? Think about how everyone worked together to create the bunting and put it up, and think about what it represents. How did you decorate your bunting – did you do the same picture on each triangle you decorated, or did you do something different? How did it make you feel when it was all finished and hanging up?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.